Tag Archives: MC1964

PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for “Big John”


John Reinke has shared news from Pete Sweeney about his Dad.

Thursday night he was increasingly disoriented and did not bounce back early on Friday.  We had him taken to the hospital for a another workup.  Result is again hypothermia but this time there is no medication to point to since we stopped the Losartan a week ago.  Warming blanket restored body temperature but his systems no longer are able to self regulate body temperature.  Cat scan, blood work etc are normal but prognosis is not good.  We will be heading to the hospital once care giver gets here for Mom around 10 15:am.
Will advise further during the day.
Please keep Mr. Sweeney and they Sweeney Family in your prayers as we pray that the MDs get Mr. Sweeney stabilized with no further complication. Please keep the volume up for this good man. Thank you. God Bless.
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 
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Sweeney, Peter K. (MC1964)
Reinke, F. John (MC1968)
[JR: Pete and I are cousins and his Dad — he was “Big John” and I was always “Little John” — was huge role model in my effectively fatherless life. He taught me a lot about life, being a husband, and being humble. Some of his lessons I even learned — a little. Dona Nobis Pacem.]
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Good Morning All,

John Reinke has shared Pete Sweeney’s update regarding his Dad. Please keep the volume up for this good man whose main concern has been that his wonderful Wife be watched over which is what he has been doing. We pray for Pop, Mrs. Sweeney, Pete and Dianne, Anne Marie, Greg, Emily and the Family. This intrepid Irishman has bounced back before, we pray for him to be at peace no matter what. Thank you. God Bless. Thank you Pete and John.
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 
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[JR: I was just told that Big John has passed.]  
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Good Afternoon All,

I have just received from John Reinke,the Obituary link for Peter’s Dad, John V. Sweeney and am sharing it with you. It also contains visitation and Mass Of Christian Burial information. 
We pray for John, his Wife of 74 years, Dorothy and their Family. This good man, a United States Army WW11 Veteran, will be missed by so many whose lives he touched right up to the end of his journey. A truly steadfast member of the Greatest Generation, a loving husband, a loving Father and a friend to so many. It speaks of his devotion when his almost final concern was for his wonderful Wife, Dorothy. He is at peace in God’s Eternal and Loving Embrace. Please keep John, Dorothy, Peter, Dianne and their Family in your prayers. Thank you. God Bless.
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 
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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for the Sweeney family


Good Morning All,

Our Prayers are requested for Pete Sweeney’s Dad who has had a relapse with his on going medical issues.

Mr. John Sweeney has been admitted to Hospital and Peter has shared this update. Please raise the volume for Mr. Sweeney and Pete’s Mom Dorthy as well. We pray for his recovery and that he will be home soon. Please keep the volume up for these good folks. Peter and Diane are so grateful for your prayers and good wishes. Thank you. God Bless

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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As expected, Pop was admitted to Centra State Medical Center and is having trouble regulating his body temperature.  Chest X-ray shows some water which (best case) may be start of pneumonia or (worst case) a first sign of body system breakdown.  Cat scan shows brain changes consistent with his advanced age but no indication of mini strokes.  Blood work is normal.

He is on intravenous antibiotics and was able to eat a little tonight.  Also exhibited some drive to survive and responded in focused manner to doctor questions which was a plus compared to last two or three days.
Dianne & I are staying overnight at 2 Manor Drive tonight to keep watch on my mother.  Hopefully, a few days away from the stress of keeping up with her will lead to a rebound in Pop’s health.  If he doesn’t rally, MD said she will allow him to go home rather than to a nursing home.   Assisted living is out of the question given level of day to day medical attention he requires.

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Sweeney, Peter K. (MC1964)

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JNEWS: Procopio, James [MC1964] receives his medals



Vietnam vet gets long-awaited medals
James Procopio receives medals in ceremony at congressman’s office
By Hailey Van Parys hvanparys@gainesvilletimes.com
POSTED: November 21, 2016 5:36 p.m.

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When it came time for James Procopio to graduate from Manhattan College in 1964, he had three options: join the military, get married or move to Canada. He picked the first of the three, choosing to enlist in the U.S. Air Force right out of school.

The 74-year-old man served and was honorably discharged, but he never received his awards, medals or ribbons.

He was due an Air Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

“I explained that I wasn’t sure what happened to (the awards),” said Procopio, who was born and raised in Staten Island, N.Y.

He was able to get the awards after he made a call to the office of U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, in May. Procopio received them in a ceremony at Collins’ office on Monday morning.

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Procopio’s daughter who lives in Orlando, Fla., Kerry McGavin, her husband Jon McGavin and their three boys Jackson, 13, Collin, 11, and Hudson, 8, were all there to support him, as well as Procopio’s son Drew Procopio. Procopio’s other son, Scott Procopio, wasn’t able to attend the medal-giving.

Col. Jim Martin, a longtime friend of Procopio’s, also came.

During the Vietnam War, Procopio flew planes from his base in Charleston, S.C., to wherever the soldiers were at the time, a 20,000-mile round trip that he took two or three times a month.

“Someone was looking out for me (out there),” Procopio said. He would get a 24-hour notification that he would be taking an “eastbound trip,” which was Air Force lingo for Vietnam. He would fly from Charleston to Alaska to Japan and then to Vietnam, usually. Sometimes they would have to pick up troops or goods in various places in the U.S. before heading off.

He would bring troops what they needed, including flying a planeload full of toilet paper once, he said. When he would bring the goods, he was often called a garbage hauler.

More solemnly, Procopio said he also flew the dead and wounded back.

“They didn’t dare call us garbage haulers, then,” Procopio said through a few tears. The soldiers he carried back home were “the real heroes,” he said.

Palettes of four of five coffins, which were usually six deep, were loaded onto his planes by forklifts.

“It freaked me out … it was disrespectful,” Procopio said.

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Since then, however, Procopio worked as a security officer on a cruise ship and was able to take his wife to 103 countries.

“You made up for it,” Patty Procopio said to her husband.

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Procopio, James [MC1964]

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) shares what ESPN did not see fit to show


Good Morning All,

Pete Sweeney shared this incredible footage that ESPN did not see fit to show and I felt, as we say a little prayer for our United States Of America, these shots would resonate with you. Perhaps you might even see your way clear to share it. Thank you for your prayers, your steadfast support for those in need of our prayers and for being you. Thank you Peter. Thank you all. God Bless.
Phil Colon

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For those who saw the football game on Monday.
We missed this view.
Those who attended the game said it was extremely emotional to see the entire bowl of the stadium turn red, white and blue. It took 90 workers two weeks to get all of the colored card boards mounted under each seat.  Each piece of card board had eye slits in them so the fans could hold up the colored sheet and still see through the eye slits.  Every seat had to have the proper card, with no mistakes, to make this happen.
This is what ESPN failed to show you Monday night.  Apparently, they thought their commercials were more important than showing this scene for about 5seconds.

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Forward this to as many people as you can so that they can see this incredible display!

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Sweeney, Peter K. (MC1964)

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[JR: It was brought my attention that the game was on NBC; not ESPN. I’m not sure who to fault.] 

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COMMENT: Horn, William J. ‘Bill’ (MC1964) with some chair facts


Horn, William J. ‘Bill’ (MC1964)

 The chairs were sold through the alumni office and perhaps through the bookstore in the 60s and 70s. Two armchairs and a rocker were in the alumni director’s office when I was assistant director and later director of alumni relations from 1967-72. They were not rare and I believe there were some in other campus locations, possibly admissions and the President’s Office. I am not aware of them having been numbered, perhaps under the chair seat, but I doubt they would have been marked by hand.

[JR: More chair lore.]  

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JEMAIL: Sweeney, Peter K. (MC1964) cites Alma Mater’s windows



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Manhattan College officially dedicated a 20th century collection of stained glass windows depicting The Life and Work of Saint John Baptist de La Salle on Thursday, April 7.

Brother Gustavo Ramírez Barba, FSC, Ed.D., received an honorary doctorate of pedagogy degree at the event. Br. Gustavo is the General Councilor for Lasallian Higher Education at the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. He is one of seven General Councilors who “have as their mission to strengthen communion and interdependence in the Institute.” He has served as the executive secretary for the Lasallian Latin American Region and as a regional director for the Mexican and Central American Universities of the International Association of Lasallian Universities.

The De La Salle windows were created in the early 1900s by the renowned French workshop of L. Mazuet et fils of Bayeux. L. Mazuet et fils was founded in 1858, and both father, Leon-Louis, and son, Henri, were students of the Christian Brothers in the late 1800s. Their work can be admired in the ancient churches and magnificent cathedrals of France, including Eglise Notre-Dame et Saint-Marcouf in Basse-Normandie.

The windows were originally installed at the Christian Brothers’ Novitiate in Pocantico Hills, New York, and were moved to the chapel of the Brothers’ Novitiate in Barrytown, New York in 1930. They were reacquired in 2015, through the joint effort of Manhattan College and the District of Eastern North America of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. After a yearlong process of restoration by Rohlf’s Stained and Leaded Glass Studio, they were installed in Manhattan College’s Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers in early 2016, and were dedicated on April 7 – the Feast Day of Saint John Baptist de La Salle.

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JNEWS: Nicholas, Douglas (MC1964) reading on 2015-Oct-14


Hi John,

I’m reading this Wednesday–here’s the flyer from the library.

The address you have–you’ll see it again at the bottom of this email.


7PM/FREE”Douglas Nicholas-Poetry Reading”

It’s at the Rosendale Library.

Here’s the address:

264 Main Street, Rosendale, NY. 845-658-9013.
Here’s a link to the library website:

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Nicholas, Douglas (MC1964) 

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